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CAF dismisses reports of potential AFCON 2025 Postponement

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has dismissed circulating reports on the social media pointing to a possible postponement of the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to hold in Morocco.

According to the continental football governing body on its x-handle, the executive committee will meet to deliberate and make decision on the official dates.

 The speculation on possible postponement may have arisen owing to FIFA holding an expanded Club World Cup in the summer of 2025 thus making June/July inappropriate for the AFCON as some of the star players would also be engaged by their various clubs.

  The Africa Cup of Nations had suffered several setbacks since the calendar was shifted from the even-ending year to the odd year.

  The first of such edition was 2013 which was to hold in Libya. But owing to the civil disorder in that country, CAF opted to swap the venues by taking it to South Africa while the 2015, initially for South Africa was to hold in Libya.

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  By that time, the civil disorder in Libya had escalated into full-blown war and CAF had to award the hosting to Morocco. It could not also hold there owing to outbreak of ebola virus in Guinea which also qualified for the final competition. It was eventually held in Equatorial Guinea.

  The 2017 edition was to return to Libya, but the war was still on and the competition was taken to Gabon.

  The 2019 was to be in Cameroon, but the facilities were not in place and the tournament moved to Egypt where a new time-table of July-August was established. The 2021 originally meant for Cote d’Ivoire had to be moved to Cameroon which eventually hosted in January 2022 instead of June/July initial timetable of 2021.

  The 2023 edition moved to January 2024 in Cote d’Ivoire.  

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Thank you, Morocco!

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BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Dr. Patrice Motsepe has expressed deep gratitude to the Kingdom of Morocco, the country that has bailed out the confederation and many African countries by hosting most of the football events.

The Africa Cup of Nations 2025 as well as the women’s edition will be hosted by the North African country.

An appreciative Motsepe remarked: “I am confident that the CAF TotalEnergies AFCON Morocco 2025 will be extremely successful and will be the best AFCON in the history of this competition.

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“I am also impressed by the enormous growth of Women’s Football in Africa and I am expecting the CAF TotalEnergies WAFCON Morocco 2024 to be immensely successful.

“ We will continue to make significant progress in developing and ensuring that African Football is globally competitive and amongst the best in the World.

“CAF is grateful to King Mohamed VI of Morocco, the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football (FRMF), its President Fouzi Lekjaa, the Government and people of Morocco for hosting the CAF TotalEnergies AFCON Morocco 2025 and the CAF TotalEnergies WAFCON Morocco 2024.”

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Why it took us a long time to announce AFCON & WAFCON dates – CAF

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Liberia and Eswatini take control of AFCON preliminary ties

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed the earlier dates of the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations announced by Sports Village Square Friday afternoon.

As reported, the Africa Cup of Nations will run from 21 December 2025 to 18 January 2026 while the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for this year also in Morocco will hold from 5 to 26 July 2026, suffering a year postponement.

According to a press statement by CAF, the announcement of the dated took much longer than expected, “as there were complex and at times challenging discussions with various interested parties, in the light of the extensive International and Domestic Match Calendars.”

Continuing, CAF stated that it is “committed to protecting and advancing the interests of African players, playing in football clubs in Europe and worldwide. CAF is also committed to building mutually beneficial relationships with the ECA, UEFA, other Football Confederations and FIFA.”

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EXCLUSIVE: AFCON 2025 now to run across two years

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CAF Enters Negotiation With FIFA, Morocco And European Clubs Over AFCON 2025 Timing -

At last a date has now been fixed for the Africa Cup of Nations 2025 slated for Morocco. Sports Village Square has gathered that the championship will now hold from 21 December 2025 to 18 January 2026.

That is one of the decisions taken by the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF)  which held a virtual meeting about two hours ago.

The confederation has been having headache over the timing of the tournament which initially was scheduled for the January-February calendar. That period proved impossible owing to congested fixtures that has scuppered the qualifying series.

Available windows are already taken up by the qualifying series for the 2026 World Cup making it impossible for the 24 finalists for the AFCON 2025 to emerge before January 2025.

Morocco proposed the tournament for the summer of 2025, but the inaugural 32-format FIFA Club World Cup of 2025 has made that impossible.

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Other worries of CAF include the timing for the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco this year which is yet to get a date and the annual Women’s Champions League which till now has no hosts let alone a date.

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